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Those with disabilities have profound lessons to teach us

Those with disabilities have profound lessons to teach us

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

He says a healthy spiritual life can help a person to turn a negative experience into something positive.

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The embryo that grew up

The embryo that grew up

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | July 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Those who seek to justify abortion often try to minimize or deny the humanity of the embryo. In a recent online forum, for example, one participant wrote: “I became a human being at the point that my senses functioned as those of a human being. Before that I was just a mass of cells.” Another followed up: “A pile of cells in a woman’s uterus is not a human being. It lives off of and is part of that woman’s body.”

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What About Ventilators?

What About Ventilators?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | June 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The use of ventilators can pose particulary challenging problems during end of life situations for families. When should we place a loved one on a ventilator? If somebody is on a ventilator, can we ever “pull the plug?” Understanding our moral duty depends upon whether the use of a ventilator in a particular case can be considered “ordinary” or “extraordinary.”

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Black & White, or Gray?

Black & White, or Gray?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

One widely-encountered idea today is that there is no black and white when it comes to morality, only a kind of “gray area.” This is often taken to mean that we really can’t know with certainty what is right and wrong, allowing us to “push into the gray” as we make certain moral decisions that at first glance appear to be immoral.

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Federal Mandates and the Crushing of Religious Freedom

Federal Mandates and the Crushing of Religious Freedom

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the words of another commentator, “As is more and more obvious, ObamaCare has nothing to do with controlling healthcare costs. It has everything to do with government control. It’s time to admit a mistake, repeal the law, and look at market-based ways to control health care costs.”

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Unconditional Parental Love

Unconditional Parental Love

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Once I met a woman who had worked for years in fashion and modeling. Unsurprisingly, she was strikingly attractive. She was accompanied by her teenage daughter who, by contrast, was rather unremarkable to look at, maybe even a plain-Jane. After spending time with them, I began to sense that the mother, whose life had largely revolved around her appearance, seemed to look down on her daughter, perhaps unconsciously, because of her average appearance. Her daughter seemed aware of this lack of maternal acceptance, and seemed troubled and uncomfortable as she tried to compensate and please her mom in other ways.

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Vaccinating Our Children for Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Vaccinating Our Children for Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Last month, an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta recommended that 9 to 12 year old boys be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus transmitted through sexual contact. The goal of the recommendations was to prevent cancers caused by HPV, such as certain cancers of the digestive tract.

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Human Stockpiling

Human Stockpiling

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D | September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent news report chronicled a Chinese woman named Huang Yijun. Sixty years ago, her unborn child died, but the pregnancy was never expelled from her body. Instead, her baby’s body slowly began to calcify inside her, becoming a crystallized, stone-like mass. Such stone babies (known as lithopedions) are extremely rare.

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Bringing Christ to the Clinic

Bringing Christ to the Clinic

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Catholic physician once related to me a powerful story about one of his patients, who had just received a diagnosis of advanced, metastatic cancer and had a relatively short time left to live.

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“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

During the 1990’s, scientists discovered two gene mutations in the BRCA family of genes which significantly increase a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Consequently, as noted in a recent Los Angeles Times article by Anna Gorman, “Many oncologists recommend that women with the mutations consider having their ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts removed prophylactically [as a precautionary measure] to reduce risk.”

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Working through a hard death

Working through a hard death

| Father Tad Pacholcyk, Ph.D. | February 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Caregivers and health care professionals can and often do greatly assist those who are suffering and dying. Even with careful pain management and comfort measures, however, the dying process can still be agonizing and difficult.

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Relativism leads to ethical schizophrenia in thought process

Relativism leads to ethical schizophrenia in thought process

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | January 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

I once asked a young physician whether he had received any training in medical ethics during medical school. I wondered whether he had been taught how to handle some of the complex moral questions that can arise when practicing medicine.

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